Claire & Dustin


Claire and Dustin were married on September 15th, in the backyard of Dustin’s childhood home. The garden had been carefully cultivated by his mother and father over the years, and made for a venue with a lot of emotional significance. Their guest list was small and intimate, with their closest friends and family. Claire’s parents had traveled from China to be with her. Claire had budgeted a lot of time for photos, and her mother followed along for the whole trip, helping her carry her dress and stay dry throughout the classic Washington sprinkle. Dustin’s parents worked at the house, his mother wrapping ribbon flowers for decor and her bouquet, and his father and brothers setting up their arch, aisle, and the seating.

Wedding dresses are typically designed assuming the bride will be wearing heels. Unfortunately heels aren’t the most convenient footwear if you’re going to be hiking around Washington Park or Gasworks Park in in them. Claire had a unique solution, and instead wore platform boots! She had the height needed for her dress, while also being able to walk around comfortably in the various parks we visited. Claire and Dustin really budgeted quite a bit of time for photos. We were able to travel to Washington Park, Gasworks Park, and the waterfront nearby for formal photos of the two of them. This is always my favorite part of the day, and usually my favorite photos, so I was over-the-moon to have so many portraits of the two of them. The timeline really afforded us the time to be creative and try new things.